Theft (From Employer)

The client was a 30 year old man with no prior convictions or Court appearances. At the time of the offending he was working as a manager for an electrical retailer. He was charged with removing a faulty GPS device from a rubbish bin and taking it home to fix, as well as with stealing $1,000 from the cash registers at the end of a shift.

The client instructed that he was in financial difficulty at the time, and owed a large amount of money in relation to a car loan. He had also been required to move out of his girlfriend’s house and needed money to relocate. He made full admissions to the police when interviewed, and the $1,000 was repaid to his employer from his severance pay.

The client pleaded guilty to both charges of theft. We represented him at the Sunshine Magistrates’ Court.

During the plea, the Magistrate commented that theft from an employer was a serious matter that ordinarily attracted a conviction. However, given the fact that the accused had repaid the money that was stolen, and that he had no prior convictions and was otherwise a contributing member of society, the Magistrate was willing to place him on a Community Based Order (CBO) for a period of 6 months, without conviction, and ordered him to complete 50 hours of unpaid work and undertake programs to reduce re-offending.


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